Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber joins others asking Washington to reopen government

The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber has joined five other Georgia business organizations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and nearly 400 other business entities from across the country in a message urging the president and Congress to reopen the federal government as soon as possible. In a Jan. 18 joint statement sent to President Donald Trump and members of Congress, the organizations cite a story by CNBC that says the country’s gross domestic product is shrinking by 0.1 percent every week the government is shut down. “The current shutdown – now the longest in American history – is causing significant and...

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Bus system best option for I-285 transit, consultants tell Sandy Springs

  A new bus system running along the planned I-285 toll lanes is the most feasible solution to provide east and west connectivity in the area, transportation consultants working with several cities along the interstate said in a report at the Sandy Springs City Council Jan. 22 retreat. The study was the result of meetings initiated in 2017 by Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst with other top end mayors from Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Chamblee, Doraville, Smyrna and Tucker as well as Perimeter Community Improvement Districts and the Cumberland Community Improvement Districts, which all helped fund it. The effort looks at...

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GDOT has no clear answers for Dunwoody residents worried about I-285 toll lanes impacts

Dunwoody residents living in the Georgetown community will likely have to wait until the end of this year before learning how new toll lanes along I-285 may affect their homes, businesses and also a historic recreation center. That was the message Georgia Department of Transportation representatives told more than 60 residents who gathered at City Hall on Jan. 22. The meeting, arranged by City Councilmember Lynn Deutsch for the Georgetown residents, provided them with background of the “I-285 Top End Express Lanes” project that is slated to begin construction in 2023. But questions about right of way acquisition, if...

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Dunwoody remembers MLK with Day of Service

Many Dunwoody residents braved freezing temperatures to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a “Day of Service” at Brook Run Park Jan. 21. Volunteers donated food and assisted with cleanups and plantings around the North Peachtree Road park. Participating organizations included the city, the Dunwoody Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Community Assistance Center, Second Helpings Atlanta, the Dunwoody Nature Center, the Daffodil Project and Trees Atlanta. Photos by Phil Mosier. Dunwoody High students Claire Porcher, left, and Molly Clinch bring food for donation. Members of the Dunwoody Chapter of Jack and Jill of America prepare to...

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Dunwoody Police crime reports, Dec. 23-Jan. 6

From Dunwoody Police reports dated Dec. 23 through Jan. 6. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website. Larceny/Shoplifting/Theft 4500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road — On Dec. 23, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of larceny. 4100 block of Townsend Lane — On Dec. 23, in the afternoon, a larceny incident was reported. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Dec. 23, in the afternoon, a shoplifting incident was reported. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Dec. 23, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road...

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Super Bowl brings business excitement, policing boost

The Super Bowl comes to Atlanta Feb. 3, bringing a 10-day football festival that is stoking local excitement about hospitality-industry money, and boosting policing in Buckhead and Brookhaven, while local departments are also sending officers to help secure the Mercedes-Benz Stadium area. Buckhead is expected to be a center of activity, as many attendees of the NFL championship game are staying in local hotels, and the neighborhood is hosting many public and private parties. One of the two competing teams — the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots — will stay at a Buckhead hotel, according to...

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Around Town: His life changed, retiree finds new focus in helping kids

Two moments changed Steve Wadley. Taken together, they convinced him to spend part of his retirement devoting his time, talents and experience to raising money for local organizations that support education in Atlanta’s inner-city schools. The first moment came when Wadley was a boy. He played football then on a team based in Buckhead. His team played in a citywide league and when he and his teammates played away games in poorer Atlanta neighborhoods, he saw that those players had nowhere near the level of support — the new equipment, the uniforms, the practices — that benefited him and...

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Exceptional Educator: Orchestra director Stephen Lawrence of North Atlanta High

Buckhead’s North Atlanta High School orchestra will perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall next month under the leadership of director Stephen Lawrence, the Atlanta Public Schools’ high school Teacher of the Year. “It was surreal! Having the chance to be recognized is beyond believable,” Lawrence said of the award. “There are so many inspiring educators out there. The fact that I was chosen is both humbling and exciting.” Lawrence, the director of orchestral activities and the chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, has been an educator for 11 years and has taught at North Atlanta High, his...

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Local MLK Day celebrations set for Jan. 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in several different ways in Reporter Newspapers communities on Jan. 21. For full details, click on the headline of each event below. Atlanta History Center free programs The history museum in Buckhead will offer free admission and a wide variety of programs about African American and Civil Rights history. Brookhaven MLK Day dinner The city will host its annual dinner at Lynwood Community Center, once the site of the segregated Lynwood schools, whose students integrated the DeKalb School System in 1968. Dunwoody MLK Day of Service Dunwoody marks the day with...

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Rep. Silcox to chair MARTA oversight committee

State Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs) is the new chair of the General Assembly committee that supervises MARTA’s budget. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee, or MARTOC, is a joint House and Senate committee meant to give oversight on the transit agency’s operation. Silcox’s appointment by House Speaker David Ralston keeps the MARTOC chair position tied to the north metro area. For several years, MARTOC was chaired by former Rep. Tom Taylor of Dunwoody, who did not run for reelection last year. Before Taylor, the committee was chaired by former Rep. Mike Jacobs of Brookhaven, who is now...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Jan. 25

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Jan. 18-19, ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 20-21, southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures Jan. 18-19, northbound and southbound between Glenridge Connector and Pitts Road, alternating one right lane and one left lane, 8 p.m....

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Dunwoody neighborhood activist Bob Lundsten dies at 65

Robert “Bob” Gordon Lundsten, a former president of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, neighborhood activist and avid gardener, died on Jan. 16, 2019. He was 65. A memorial service is set for Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road. A reception will follow at noon at the Dunwoody Country Club, 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive. City Councilmember Terry Nall, who noted Lundsten was also known as “Farmer Bob” and at one time wrote a blog under that name, praised Lundsten’s work on behalf of the residents of Dunwoody, especially his work in helping raise...

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